At least 30 shops were damaged when a fire broke out in the complex of the famed Meenakshi Amman Temple in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai complex but there was no damage to the temple itself, said a fire service official.
“We got information about the fire in shops near the 1,000 pillar mandapam in the temple. We rushed five fire tenders and controlled the fire from spreading,” the senior fire service official told IANS over phone from Madurai, around 500 km from here.
While initially there were reports that around 10 shops were damaged in the fire, the latest report suggest that as many as 30 shops have suffered damage.
“There is no damage for the temple. The old wooden door was saved by preventive action. The fire is now under control,” he said
The incident occurred around 10 pm as the fire broke out at a toy shop inside the thousand pillar hall near the east tower of the temple.
The cause of the fire is not known yet.